|Colby College||Maine Maritime Academy|
CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy women’s basketball held Colby College to just two points the first quarter and 25.5 percent shooting from the floor, to claim a 64-44 victory in the Pepsi Mariner Classic Championship game.
In the Mariners’ first win over Colby College since 2007, the team shot 58.3 percent from the floor and 60 percent from three-point land, while outrebounding the Mules 34-25.
Tournament MVP, Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) led the Mariners with 17 points, including eight points in the first quarter, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Freshman Chloe Smedley (York, Maine) added 16 points and three rebounds off the bench, and senior Kristi Willey (Topsham, Maine) rounded out the Mariners with double digits, chipping in with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) led all players with nine assists while pulling down seven rebounds and two steals en route to All-Tournament Honors.
Jackie Albanese led the Mules with 15 points off the bench, Haley Driscoll chipped in with six points, three rebounds and an assist and Jane MacKerron tallied a team-high five rebounds for Colby.
Felix connected on back-to-back layups to put the Mariners up 4-0 early in the first quarter. Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) splashed a three, and Felix sank another layup to make it 9-0. The Mules scored their only points of the first quarter on a layup from Haley Driscoll as the Mariners built an 18-2 lead heading into the second.
The Mules came back to outscore the Mariners 18-13 in the second quarter, but the Mariners took a 31-20 lead into halftime. Maine Maritime outscored the Mules 33-24 for the remainder of the game to take the non-conference victory and the Pepsi Mariner Classic Championship.
Maine Maritime improves to 2-1 on the season, while Colby falls to 1-1 overall.